Ecuador High Altitude Expedition and Antisana/Illiniza Expedition:
High Altitude Expedition climbers: Tim Turay, Kat Lange, Stuart Lowden, Tamsin Ainscow, Ahmad Baasiri, John Davis, and Ruth Hartmann.
Illiniza / Antisana Expedition climbers: Ty Speer and Natalie Garner.
Lead Guides: Pepe Landazuri and Henry Moya
December 29, 2010. Pepe called today at 8:00 AM Ecuador and US Eastern time.
We had six rope teams, and two of them got to a little over 6,100 meters, just two hundred meters below the summit, but the winds were extremely high and there was wind loading of snow in some areas up high, and those areas didn't have the stability that we were looking for. The two teams that reached the high point were Ruth with Ramero, and Ty and Natalie with Henry.
Even though no one summited Chimborazo, everyone’s happy and satisfied that we made a good effort. All these guys really did a great job on the climb. I’m very proud of each of these rope teams for their focus and all their hard work. The really made an excellent attempt in very cold conditions. I’ll call again tomorrow and let you know how our rest and relaxation is going. We are committed to doing a great job with that too! OK, so long for today!"